Whales Sighted Out of Season

A whale and it's offspring sighted off the northern coast of Zamami Island.  Photo used with permission from Kiyoshi Miyagi.  All rights reserved.

A whale and it’s offspring sighted off the northern coast of Zamami Island. Photo used with permission from Kiyoshi Miyagi. Diving Team Anata-no-Kiyoshi–All rights reserved.

A few days ago on June 1, a diving boat spotted a young whale and its parent in Zamami’s waters.  Diving boats often drop anchor off the northern coast of Zamami Island.  During the winter months, whales also frequent the shallow waters on this side of the island.  However, said whale-watching season is from late December until early April.

Used with permission from Diving Team Anata-no-Kiyoshi.

Photo by Kiyoshi Miyagi.  Used with permission from Diving Team Anata-no-Kiyoshi.  All rights reserved.

For reasons unbeknown to local whale watchers, two whales were leisurely making their way through Zamami’s warm 27C (81F) summer ocean.

Mr. Kiyoshi Miyagi, the diving captain that spotted the whales, has been whale watching in Zamami for over 30 years.  This is the first time Mr. Miyagi has seen a whale around Zamami as late as June.  His best guess is that the young whale was born down the in the Philippines this year, and the two are a little bit late in heading back north.

Photo by Kiyoshi Miyagi.  Used with permission from Diving Team Anata-no-Kiyoshi.  All rights reserved.

Photo by Kiyoshi Miyagi. Used with permission from Diving Team Anata-no-Kiyoshi. All rights reserved.

Whatever the reason, the sighting serves as a testament to the abundance of Zamami’s national-park-caliber nature.

Photo by Kiyoshi Miyagi.  Used with permission from Diving Team Anata-no-Kiyoshi.  All rights reserved.

Photo by Kiyoshi Miyagi. Used with permission from Diving Team Anata-no-Kiyoshi. All rights reserved.

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